The Rocky Point Road Trip (Part I)

Did you have a favorite Rocky Point Park ride that they’d give your eye teeth to ride again?  Well, no need to see your dentist.  Gas up your car, set your smart phone’s GPS, and let’s hit the road to see what we can find! Miss seeing this damsel in distress inside Rocky Point’s Castle of… Continue reading The Rocky Point Road Trip (Part I)

The year Rocky Point Park put a *cork* in it! (Part III)

“And I just have to say that I’m pleased to visit the Rocky Point Palladium.  Hey, listen, this is the first time I’ve been to an amusement park in years.  In fact, I wanted to check out the Corkscrew, but the Secret Service guys wouldn’t let me do it.”  President George Bush at a Fundraising… Continue reading The year Rocky Point Park put a *cork* in it! (Part III)

The year Rocky Point put a *cork* in it! (Part II)

In the 2007 movie, You Must Be This Tall: The Story Of Rocky Point Park, amusement park historian John Carothers holds up the postcard below. Carothers whimsically explains that the postcard is fraudulent; that this is not Rocky Point’s Corkscrew coaster.  He then goes on to point out the differences between the two coasters. Carothers was… Continue reading The year Rocky Point put a *cork* in it! (Part II)

The year Rocky Point put a *cork* in it! (Part I)

“Rocky Point is getting what?!” That was the reaction of most Rocky Point Park faithful in late 1983 when they learned that their traditional Warwick, RI park would be getting an esteemed Arrow Development Corkscrew coaster for the 1984 season.  I mean, Corkscrew coasters were staples in the big theme parks such as Knotts Berry… Continue reading The year Rocky Point put a *cork* in it! (Part I)

Rocky Point’s Movers & Shakers, Part I

Of all the amusement parks I’ve visited and/or researched, I can’t think of one that had so many “moving parts” than post-1948 Rocky Point Park.  Trying to document the rides’ comings and goings, as well the movement of rides over the midway, is like trying to measure the speed of dark.  However, I’m going to… Continue reading Rocky Point’s Movers & Shakers, Part I